My Experience as “Poor” Aug20

My Experience as “Poor”

A few weeks ago, I lost my car and my job. It was interesting because I was taking at the time a university course on subsistence marketplaces, ie, how people in poverty make decisions about buying and selling products and services. Now, I don’t mean to say that I actually became poor. Just being able to sit here and type this article and post it online makes me way richer than the people living in the circumstances that we studied. However, it made me realize a few things: 1.- We tend to judge people in these circumstances too harshly and too quickly. Many of the things we do without thinking are a big chore for people in poverty....

Insights into Another World Aug14

Insights into Another World

As part of my university project, I had to go have conversations with people in what we called “subsistence marketplaces.” This means basically “go and talk to poor people.” Conversations were supposed to be about how they buy and sell products, as well as how they go through life. I found myself talking mostly with poor women who sell things, typically produce. I talked mostly with women because they are the ones who go out and do things they need during the day. The men, on the other hand, have to leave very early for work and come back late at night, so they’re absent most of the day. The men I saw were...